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DelValle: Module II: Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Operations

  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital 1153 Centre Street Boston, MA, 02130 United States (map)

Course Description:
This course prepares students to properly inspect, assemble, and operate Air-Purifying Respirators (APRs) and Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). Along with operating standards, students will learn which conditions these respirators are suitable in, and where they are not. In addition to the respiratory system component is the Level-C chemical protective garment overview. Students will be shown proper inspection techniques, donning, operating procedures while in the suit, and doffing.

This course is in accordance with OSHA 24 CFR 1910.120 – Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. This awareness level training is designed for all personnel who may encounter a hazardous situation, but may not necessarily be called upon to respond to the event. Recognition and initial actions are stressed.

NOTE: This training does not certify the participant as a hazardous materials technician. Additional job-specific training should be provided to those participants who will be expected to take defensive measures in an actual hazardous materials event.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Complete the pre-assessment and identify the purpose of the course.
  2. Identify the critical components of the Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR).
  3. Inspect and assemble the PAPR and ensure it is operating properly.
  4. Properly don a Level-C chemical protective ensemble.
  5. Respond to audio and visual commands while fully dressed in a Level-C chemical protective ensemble.
  6. Properly doff a Level-C chemical protective ensemble.
  7. Complete the post-assessment and summarize the course key messages.

Module I: All Hazard Awareness for Healthcare Personnel, in the classroom or via webinar or equivalent is strongly recommended.

NOTE: NIOSH regulations state that prior to using any respirator, employees must undergo a medical evaluation to screen for fitness to wear the device.

Target Audience:
Fire service, law enforcement, emergency management, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public health, health care, and private security

Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC  
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response  
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS

This course is approved for 3 hours of OEMS credit at the Basic Level. Please update your National Registry training profile accordingly and provide proof of completion to your designated training officer. Keep a copy of proof of completion for your records. 

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 3.6 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training is part of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region's training and exercise program, and is supported with federal funding from the US Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.